Yellowhammer and Hollyhocks


Yellowhammer and Hollyhocks original silk painting by Stephanie Gay



Yellowhammer and Hollyhocks Original Silk Painting and Signed Giclee Prints

I wanted to explore the idea of flashes of colour in a basically monotone context and I’ve got a bit of a thing about yellow at the moment 🙂 The yellowhammer is common in open areas with some scrubs or trees, and so it’s rather unlikely that I’d find one on the hollyhocks outside my studio window but I like to dream…..

Yellow hammers have a characteristic song with an “A little bit of bread and no cheese” rhythm so listen out next time you are in an open scrubby area.

My paintings are mainly painted on pure Chinese habotai 8 silk with specialist silk paints. I start each work with a drawing on paper and then trace the image onto a piece of white silk stretched onto a wooden frame. I then apply a special paint called gutta, which contains natural latex called gutta-percha, over my traced lines. This creates a resistive barrier through which the coloured ink will not flow. I apply the coloured ink with a brush and use salt dropped into the ink whilst wet to created textured effects.

The finished painting is removed from the wooden frame, ironed to fix the colour in the fabric and stretched onto acid-free mountboard ready for framing.

A signed giclee print is printed on fine art 308gsm paper using archival inks and is signed by the artist. Each print will come mounted in white and packed with a backing board in biodegradable cellophane.  It is an open edition so there is no limit to the number of reproductions that can be made. The following sizes are available:

Size Mount Size (frame size required) Actual Image Size
30 x 30 cm 30 x 30 cm 19 x 19 cm
20 x 20 cm 20 x 20 cm 14 x 14 cm


Additional information


Framed Original Silk Painting, Mounted Original Silk Painting, Mounted Signed Giclee Print


30 x 30 cm, 20 x 20 cm